Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.

October 25, 2021

Study Confirms Vikings Were in North America Exactly 1,000 Years Ago, Long Before Columbus

Along the northern coast of Newfoundland, Canada lie several grassy mounds whose unassuming appearance belie their historical importance. Known as L'Anse aux Meadows, the mounds are what remains of an ancient Norse settlement. Archeologists have long been aware that Vikings from Greenland (a Norse peoples) crossed the ocean to encounter Northern Canada. While it clearly predated Columbus'2 voyage, the exact date of the settlement was unclear.

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October 22, 2021

UNICEF Reports That 1 in 7 of the World’s Youth Has a Mental Health Diagnosis

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on mental health. The world's youth has been particularly affected, experiencing increases in anxiety and depression. Isolated from friends and worried about loved ones, children's mental health needs protecting now more than ever. In their 2021 report The State of the World's Children, UNICEF announced that one in seven of the world's children (age 10 to 19) live with a diagnosed mental health disorder.

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October 20, 2021

Amateur Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword Off the Coast of Israel

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… That is what one diver was doing in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea when he suddenly spotted something unusual. Amateur diver Shlomi Katzin was enjoying the waters off the coast south of Haifa, Israel when he stumbled upon an ancient medieval sword. Dating back hundreds of years to the Crusader period, the sword will soon join other artifacts on display in Israel after careful restoration.

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October 16, 2021

Ancient Egyptians Were Cat People: Exploring Felines and Gods in Art and Culture

The ancient Egyptians' special love for cats is well known. In fact, cat lovers today have them to thank for introducing African wildcat DNA into domestication; this would eventually become the beloved tabby. But why did were Egyptians so enamored by these early felines? Read on to discover the fascinating place of domestic cats in ancient Egyptian art, religion, and culture.

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